söndag 11 november 2012

Råttan Mendel

För ett antal år sedan läste jag en vansinnigt rolig artikel från the Onion som handlade om råttan Mendel. En labråtta som används till lite allt möjligt :-)))) Antar att det kanske inte är så kul för alla läsare, men har man varit i "branschen" är denna artikel mycket rolig. Så, nedan följer artikeln om Mendel the rat. Och så presenterar jag min egen Mendel-råtta. Den skall till Australien. Till en vän som gillar råttor.

Underfunded Scientists Force Lipstick-Covered Rat With Cancer To Run Through Maze

Onion June 12, 2009 Issue 45-24

Mendel the rat.

SONOMA, CA—Scientists at the severely underfunded HLM Research Laboratories announced plans Monday to have the facility's one remaining rat, Mendel, now cancer-ridden and covered in lipstick, run through a maze several hundred times.
Head researcher Dr. Linda Cho said that since the lab's $5.6 million budget was slashed by 90 percent last winter, Mendel, a blind 1-year-old albino Norwegian rat with advanced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, has served as the subject for every experiment the lab has performed.
"The first few data sets were rendered null by Mendel's widely varying maze-completion times, which ranged from three seconds to two hours and 45 minutes," Cho said. "We think the confounding variable may have been the 5 cc injection of oven cleaner, a substance with the potential to interact with the residual methamphetamine-cocaine concoction still in his system."
"Although he seems to have reached equilibrium, in a manner of speaking," Cho continued. "We're confident that we'll be able to gather some useable data once we take the electrode out of his dopamine pathway and reattach the top of his skull."
Cho said that subsequent trials will have to be statistically corrected because of a malfunction with the maze, which now shocks the rat with 6,000 volts of electricity the entire time it is in contact with the apparatus. And, after a maze collapse last week, Mendel will also serve as the default subject of a paraplegia study.
Fortunately, following the insertion of an experimental norepinephrine implant in May, the rat no longer requires sleep, making it "ideal" for around-the-clock testing.
"We'd prefer to take six weeks to run the trials, but our current fiscal situation demands that Mendel run the maze 9,000 times in 72 hours," Cho said. "We will have more time to run experiments on him—her? I'm sorry, Mendel's gender has been manipulated so many times. In any event, we will have some more funding coming in from the Johnson & Johnson company since we agreed to study the mammalian limits of organic hand-soap consumption."
"Obviously, there are a great many things to sort out," Cho said. "But once we determine whether it's the loud, sudden noises or the seizure-inducing strobe lights causing Mendel's massive stress-related weight gain, then we'll really be able to start making strides forward in the field of oncological-cosmetic-stem-cell-drug-rehabilitation-acute-hallucinatory-psychoses research."
"Of course, we'll have to get him out of the hyperbaric chamber first," Cho added.
When pressed about cruelty accusations from animal rights groups over the near-constant battery of tests the rat has been subjected to, Cho dismissed such claims, saying that Mendel is being treated "in a perfectly humane manner."
"She has been kept as comfortable as possible, given the nature of animal-based lab research," Cho said. "Not that any living organism pumped full of that much serotonin could possibly be having a bad time."
While many have said that the testing at HLM Laboratories is a torturous exercise with no conceivable real-world applications, others feel that the experiments could open up new treatment options for humans.
"This gives cancer patients like myself so much hope," said a lipstick-smeared Julia (née James) Yewell of Lockhart, TX after consuming a large amount of cocaine. "I think that everything—oops, blacked out there for a minute—I think that everything is going to be all right."

Så, min Mendel-råtta. Mönster på Ravelry. Jag stickade i lite bomullsgarnsrester jag hade hemma. Det blev världens bästa bokmärke! :-)))

Min Mendel.
En rått-platt.

2 kommentarer:

  1. Sta-a-a-ackars den riktiga Mendel... Men bokmärks-Mendel är ju helt underbar!!

  2. Alltså, jag blev så HIMLA imponerad över din råtta, tänkte "hur fasen har hon fått ansiktet och morrhåren så autentiska", innan jag upptäckte att det var en riktig råtta på första bilden, och din stickade på andra bilden... Den såg mer ut som jag förväntade mig! :-) Fin, för att vara en råtta, var den i alla fall!

    Och TACK så hemskt mycket för dina kommentarer hos mig, det senaste fick mig tex alldeles tokglad! Och jag ska hålla utkik efter någon rolig kurs, lita på att jag hojtar!

    Var rädd om dig! /Blenda